Beowulf And The Old English Epic Beowulf Essay

1055 Words Oct 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Several differences exist in the Modern day movie Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarsson) and the Old English Epic Beowulf (Heaney). These differences can largely be attributed to the discrepancies in cultural values that exist between the medieval mind and that of the modern man. One of the main differences between them involves the characters’ personalities and attitudes. We can see this characteristic, particularly in Beowulf himself, mainly because in the epic his perspective reflects his limited understanding regarding the relationship between evil and good. Likewise, in the movie Beowulf and Grendel, the viewer sees a Beowulf who learns to possess an outlook on life that suggests a more complex understanding, mimicking that of the modern mindset.
In the period of the Anglo-Saxons, redemption was almost non-existent. Therefore in the Old English epic Beowulf, if one were the descendant of someone evil one would be cataloged as evil, as well. The mindset can be perfectly regarded by the use of kinship in the poem Beowulf. For example, the way the author describes the Grendel as a “grim demon haunting the marches, marauding round the heath, and the desolate fens, he had dwelt for a time in misery, along with the banished monster, Cain’s clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcast. For the killing of Abel, the Eternal Lord had exacted a price” (Heaney,9). Giving that Grendel is a descendant of…

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